tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS January 14, 2013 5:30pm-6:00pm PST
one month after the shooting inng newtown, connecticut, parents ofof the children lost at sandy hook elementary school had something they wanted to tell the rest of us today: for the first time they met reporters at town hall. they held pictures of some of the murdered first graders. that's six-year-old avielle rose richmond in the hands of her mother. the parents announced they'reunce starting an organization called "sandy hook promise" to encourage the national conversation on gun violence and mental health.eele one of the parents there is today was david wheeler, who lost his six-year-old son ben >> i would respectfully request that every parent in this country who hears these words simply pause for a moment and think. ask yourself: what is it worth doing to keep your children safe. >> pelley: nicole hockley lost her son dylan.p
she wants the newtown tragedy to be the final catalyst for change after having met with the families of victims of otheraf mass shootings.gs. >> i do not want to be someoneo no sharing my experience and consoling another parent next time.e i do not want there to be a next time. >> pelley: and jeremy richmond and jennifer hensel have formed a foundation to help develop a deeper understanding of mental illness to head off another shooting. >> with this foundation, it isn, our hope to honor our beautiful avielle and all the others that have fall on the such senseless, senseless violence. >> pelley: also at the meetinge ba today was the barden family.th afterward, they spoke with seth doane.>> i >> i feel like i've been empty for so long. to think it's only been a month and to know that we have so longke to feel like this.
i just can't imagine continuing feeling like this.t >> reporter: we sat down with the bardens shortly after today's news conference. daniel barden was seven years old. he was survived by brother james sister natalie, his mother jackie, and father mark. >> he was absolutely anly optimist. in he really did see the good in everything.al and really had a caring way about him and he wanted to see other people feel good.r: >> reporter: do you let yourself think about that horrible day? >> it seeps in. but i do try not to go there. >> reporter: why? >> because it's too painful.real i don't really want to knowde details and -- but it does seep in. >> reporter: have you had any sense of how this is impacting
the national discussion? >> we got a call from vice president biden last night and he gave us a nice long account of some of the things that they're going to try to do.ke >> reporter: you talked with the a vice president as well? >> i actually mentioned that we were going to be adopting a kitten. i had to fill out a lot of formshe online and the woman called me and interviewed me and then shewas was calling neighbors to get some information on our family. i don't know enough about guns and -- but i think it's a littleer easier to get a gun than to get a kitten.arde >> reporter: the bardens say they joined sandy hook promise to try to do something productive with their grief. scott, they say they still catch themselves looking at the clock wondering for a moment in daniel might get off that school bus.>> >> pelley: seth, thank you very much. now have a look at this pictureresi of president obama.
this was one month ago today andpain you can see the pain on his face as he was told in that moment in the oval office of the newtown tragedy. t he's described it as the worst day of his presidency. well, today the president was given a list of recommendations on how to make mass shootingsas less likely. the list was developed by vice president biden. one idea is banning assaultwe weapons of the kind used in newtown and in the colorado movie theater massacre. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, the president said he doesn't knowdoes if congress will reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 after ten years on the books. and it's not clear how that hard president will fight for that ban. politics may argue against it. at a news conference today, the president said lawmakers will have to examine their conscience after the newtown massacre. >> the issue here is not whetherhe or not we believe in the second amendment. the issue is are there some
sensible steps that we can take to make sure that somebody like the individual in newtown can't walk into a school and gun down a bunch of children in a shockingly rapid fashion. >> reporter: mr. obama wants congress to ban the sale of high capacity ammunition magazines and apply mental health background checks and criminal background checks to firearms sold privately and gun shows. other likely biden proposals: billions more in funding for the t background check database,e, increased prison sentences for gun trafficking, new federal research into gun crimes and more information on labels of violent video games as for the rush in many parts of therms country to buy firearms congress may ban, mr. obama blamed fears of government overreach. >> part of the challenge that weth confront is that even the slightest hint of some sensible,
responsible legislation in this area fans this notion that somehow here it comes and that everybody's guns are going to beo taken away. >> reporter: mr. obama said if congress does not act he can achieve some of these goal us there executive order. but, scott, the only area the president talked about that wasso improved tracing at the federal level of guns sold to or stolen by criminals. maj >> pelley: major, thank you, the government could hit itst borrowing limit again as soon as mid-february. earlier, at that white house news conference, the president called on congress to raise the debt ceiling so the country can pay its bills. >> we have to do something sensible and we shouldn't be doing this on a one to three- month time frame. why would we do that? this is the united states ofajor america, major.in we can't manage our affairs in our such a way that we pay our bills
and provide certainty in terms of how we pay our bills. i don't think anybody would consider my position unreasonable here. >> pelley: speaker john boehner said the republican-controlled house will pass what he called "responsible legislation." but he said the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without cutting government spending. we have learned tonight that former cycling champion lance armstrong is in discussions to return a part of the millions of dollars that his team received from the u.s. postal service. and he has indicated a willingness to testify against others involved in illegal doping. armstrong's u.s. postal sponsorship prohibited doping. last year armstrong was stripped of his titles after an investigation found systemic drug use on the team. the associated press is reported tonight that in an interview today with oprah
winfrey, armstrong admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs. recently we spoke to travis tygart the head of the. is anti-doping agency in his only interview for the showtime program "60 minutes" sports it was tygart who made the case against armstrong. some of the words that you used in outlining your case wereck "drug possession," "trafficking "coverup," "conspiracy." you describe lance armstrong as "the enforcer." pretty tough stuff.us >> serious business. the evidence was serious.or >> reporter: why did you use those words.s. what let you to describe in the that way? it reads like a mafia conspiracy. >> scott, we heard the evidence. we heard the store freeze the athletes. and it's supported, without question, every allegation we put in that letter that obviously now has been shown to
be true. >> pelley: and so when lancece armstrong essentially threw new the towel after all of this you were surprised?not not surprised? >> not surprised. again we were disappointed he didn't come in and be part of the solution. it's one of the lowest days inho this investigation, quite honestly. but we knew when he rejectedtu that opportunity for redemption and to be part of this solution at that time that this was his only option to avoid all thisce evidence from ever coming through in open court. >> pelley: if you had any opportunity to have that meetingst with lance armstrong, you could h say one thing to him, what would it be?s >> it's never too late to tell the truth and make it right. >> pelley: armstrong is being sued by a former teammate for allegedly defrauding the federaler government. we're now told that senior
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the director of epidemiologist at cedars sinai medical center in los angeles. during the first week of december, not a single flu patient was admitted to cedars. last week they admitted 20. >> we've seen mostly about 15 to 20 a week and half of those are hospitalized patients. >> reporter: is that a significant jump? >> that's a pretty significant jump that signifies an earlier flu season than we typically see. >> reporter: california has administered or distributed 16 million doses of flu vaccine and has 3.7 million doses of anti- viral drugs such as tamiflu. while there is no shortage here, california is not sharing any of its supply with states that are running out. it's being saved for the weeks ahead. at cedars, they have vaccinated all employees and every patient admitted to the hospital gets flu vaccine unless they refuse. masks and hand wishing supplies are being stockpiled and the microbiologist lab is ramping up its ability to return flu test results in less than an hour. if people on the west coast are saying "the flu isn't that bad out here, i don't need vaccine"
are they wrong? >> they're wrong. flu is inevitable. it's not a question of one area being spared over another. it will be here and it will follow the patterns we've seen. >> reporter: california's flu season typically peaks in february or march so doctors are urging patients go-to-get inoculated to allow the two weeks needed for the vaccine to reach full strength. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: it's not the flu but smog that is sending people to the hospital in beijing. air pollution is the highest ever recorded there. have a look at that! people are now wearing surgical masks. the pollution has been growing in china since the economy took off with factories, power plants and cars pumping out smoke. the governor of texas said that banning planned parenthood would not hurt women. what's happened now when we come back. back. y men's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. it has 7 antioxidants
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>> pelley: the battle over health care in texas is drawing national attention tonight. texas has banned planned parenthood for a health care program for poor women. anna werner is in austin for us. >> reporter: college student emily howell depended on her local planned parenthood clinic. now she and nearly 50,000 other texas women will have to find a new place to get free breast cancer screenings, pap smears, and birth control. >> it feels scary not knowing where i'm going to go and also knowing i'm not going to be able to go where i felt comfortable
for 15 years. >> reporter: texas legislators cut planned parenthood out of the state's women health program by banning participation of groups that support abortion rights. >> i feel like they send the message to women that they don't care about them. >> reporter: how do you feel about that? >> it makes me really angry. >> what do we want? >> health care! >> reporter: critics say there aren't enough doctors and clinics to treat all the planned parenthood patients. >> i happen to believe the texas legislature makes the right decisions. >> reporter: governor rick perry defended the decision when we spoke to him last spring. >> we've got providers that are out there that we trust that r not going to be involved in the delivery of abortion services. >> reporter: you believe other providers will be able to pick up the slack? >> absolutely. >> reporter: what if they can't? >> they can. so i mean, you know -- >> reporter: but what if they can't? >> i'm in the in the game of "what ifs." >> reporter: texas's revamped
program began this month with this web site designed to help women choose from participating doctors or clinics. but when we randomly selected 25 in the austin area and called we found just four were participating in the program. 15 didn't offer women's health services at all. a spokesperson for the agency that runs the program told us "we are having more issues than we anticipated with the web site." >> i feel like all of the women that are being affected by these choices are being used in a political game. >> reporter: planned parenthood has filed suit in both state and federal courts. but emily howell won't be able to wait for a resolution. she says now she has no choice but to find another doctor. anna werner, cbs news, austin. >> pelley: a coroner's report released today about actress natalie wood adds to the mystery of her death in 1981.
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630 miles per hour, causing leg, shoulder and spinal injuries which have degenerated over the years, requiring 32 surgeries. >> ruined my life. >> reporter: why do you say that? >> basically made me 100% disabled by air force standards. >> reporter: are you in physical pain? >> absolutely. >> reporter: insult was added to injury last year when the navy nominated the pilot of that f-14, then lieutenant junior grade timothy dorsey, for promotion to admiral. what was your reaction? >> it was almost visceral, almost got sick. >> reporter: did you know he had stayed in the navy and was progressing? >> no, sir. i was under the impression that he had been, you know, let go. >> reporter: an investigation determined dorsey had received an order "red and free" which, according to his sworn statement, he thought would never be used unless it was a no-kidder, a real-world threat
situation. he interpreted "red and free" as permission to open fire, an inexplicable decision since everyone else in the exercise understood it to mean a simulated shootdown. dorsey himself admitted it was a bad decision. he was never allowed to fly again. so he became an intelligence officer, and the navy kept promoting him despite the black mark on his record. dorsey declined to be interviewed, but navy officials say he was selected for admiral because his performance as an intelligence officer made up for that one terrible mistake early in his career. after the promotion became public, ross received this letter from dorsey. "i was unaware you suffered from any lingering injuries. i am truly sorry for the incident and even sorrier for its impact on you." why do you think the letter came, what, 25 years after the fact? >> probably because he was nominated for admiral.
>> reporter: ross complained to members of congress, who have the power to block dorsey's promotion. you can't forgive him? >> that's a hard question. uhm....... i'll do it right now. i forgive him, you know, because if i don't forgive him, i'll carry him with me for the rest of my life. and he's not worth that. >> reporter: two pilots whose flight paths crossed so disastrously 25 years ago, only this time it's ross trying to shoot dorsey down. david martin, cbs news, milton, georgia. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. good evening, i'm ken bastida in for allen martin.
>> i' elizabeth cook. oakland is under siege. just two weeks into 2013 the homicide count is already at 6. but it could have been even higher. nearly a dozen people were shot and wounded in oakland this weekend on top of a string of deadly shootings on friday. we have team coverage on how opd plans to handle the spike in violence starting with cbs 5 reporter joe vazquez. the city wants to pay big bucks for advice from a legendary lawman but some of his ideas may not go over so well. >> reporter: we are talking about the super cop, former police chief william bratton, widely credited with turning around the crime problems in new york and l.a. now oakland wants to hire him for a quarter of a million dollars to help the police department come up with a crime- fighting strategy. i talked to him by satellite from new york today, his first tv interview. if the city council approves his contract and they will be considering it tomorrow, bratton says his first day in oakland will be february 10. >> i will be in and out of the
city over the period of several months. i am not coming in to spend three or four months continually there. this is a very small contract. >> reporter: there are some who are questioning the wisdom of paying $250,000 in a cash- strapped city to a consultant. what do you say to those critics? >> reporter: that's up to your mayor and city council. i'm quite clear about my capabilities. the issues your city is facing particularly issues involving not only a crime situation but trying to address it at the same time you have so much oversight, there's probably nobody in america with more firsthand experience with that issue than i do having just recently come out of los angeles. and in light of your past weekend out there in oakland where i think you had 4 murders and 15 people shot in a short period of time, i think any money the city spends on trying to deal with this epidemic that you have and